Murray Schiller

Murray Schiller, 75, of Port Lavaca, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. On Nov. 27, 1943 she was the first born to Rene and Margaret Aguillard in Port Arthur.

She graduated from St. Agnes Academy of Houston and the University of Texas, Austin. While living in California, she received both her master’s degree and law degree. Murray was retired from the Alvord Unified School District of Riverside, California where she was both educator and administrator for more than 33 years.

She travelled extensively throughout her lifetime. Visits to the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada, and most of the continental United States, provided her with a wealth of understanding of the world around her. Visits to and around Lake Charles, Louisiana provided her the opportunity to keep in touch with her Cajun heritage through family and friends.

One of the things she enjoyed the most was volunteering. It began in earnest when she and her husband Douglas spent nearly a decade assisting at The Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda, California. Soon after relocating to Port Lavaca, they began volunteering, first at the Calhoun County Community Ministries Food Pantry, where they served in several capacities for 13 years. Later, she and her husband spent 11 years of Thursday mornings volunteering at the Calhoun County Public Library. Time was also spent at The Harbor Crisis Center in Port Lavaca. Murray was active in her Catholic faith, serving with the Our Lady of the Gulf Altar Society and the Catholic Daughters.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Douglas Charles Schiller; daughters, Helen Lara Renée Mossman and Heather Margret-Marie Mead; sons, Carter Allen Mossman, Jonathan Douglas Schiller and Jordan Edward Mossman; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Melanie Aguillard.

A visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. A reception will follow.

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